ATL Magic - Blind Cigar Review

ATL Magic – Blind Cigar Review


Cigar Info

Back in September, ATL Cigar Co announced their fourth line, ATL Magic. What makes this blend unique is that it was blended in conjunction with Luciano Meirelles, master blender of Ace Prime. It is also rolled at the same factory that makes Ace Prime and many Crowned Heaeds cigars, Tabacalera Pichardo in Esteli. This new brand celebrates the city of Atlanta “a city full of passion and mystery, gems and ghosts.”

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

The blend for ATL Magic uses a San Andres wrapper, and binder an fillers from Esteli, Jalapa, and a unique tobacco from the Pueblo Nuevo region. The company says that the Pueblo Nuevo tobacco contribute the dominant flavors to the cigar. It comes in boxes of 20, bundles of 10, and sells for $9.75. It comes in one size, a 6 x 54 toro.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo
Blender: Luciano Meirelles
Number of reviewers: 5 Alan (Eulogy) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Mickey T. (irratebass) John A. (Bostoneo) Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Price: $9.75
Age: 1 Months
Release Date: October 2021
Contributed by: ATL Cigar Co.

Initial Impressions – ATL Magic

Appearance: 90

“This cigar looks great. Nice and smooth wrapper. No visible veins or seams.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Aroma: 87

“A snug cold draw reveals flavors of fruity leather with a sweet and creamy finish. On the nose, a cold damp leather aroma is ever-present.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

First Third

ATL Magic - Blind Cigar Review
ATL Magic – Blind Cigar Review

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Things kick off with straight wasabi right out the gate. This is followed up with coffee and oak as heavy hitters.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

“On the cold draw, I only picked up coffee notes. As the cigar settles down I get notes of coffee, raisins, and oatmeal. The cigar is performing quite well despite being out in the cold garage. I am getting about 1/4 inch of ash with each tap. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

ATL Magic - Blind Cigar Review
ATL Magic – Blind Cigar Review

“All of the flavors are very rich now and they’re cycling through which is dominant. Notes of rich tobacco, leather, white pepper, cedar, walnuts, and baking spice. The draw has loosened up a little bit and the smoke output remains stellar. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Profile shifts to wood and earth being the only note. Where the profile has lost some character it is actually better than the first third. Draw still a little tight but manageable.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Final Third

Flavor: 85
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The flavors are staying consistent, but on the retro here and there I get a coca-cola type of flavor, so would that mean syrup?” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“The last third begins with a delicious medium-bodied profile of charred oak, leather, and black pepper. Moving on damp graphite flavors, creating a bitter-tasting cigar. Unfortunately, this trend continues until the end of the cigar, leaving me on a “bleh” note.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

ATL Magic - Blind Cigar Review
ATL Magic – Blind Cigar Review

Overall Impressions – ATL Magic

Draw: 88

“The draw was a bit snug, but I didn’t have to adjust it at all with my straight cut. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Burn: 95

“The highlight of this cigar is the burn. It was spot on almost the entire time.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Construction: 94

“I loved everything about the construction good bunch good seams caps can definitely tell it is a good product with plenty of QA.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 86

“I really enjoyed this. This is a pretty big cigar not to have any new flavors develop but the richness in flavors and the fact that it transitioned between dominant flavors really kept me engaged. Other than having a slightly tight draw at the beginning it performed great.” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Plenty of joy was had smoking this wonderful cigar. You can be assured that a box purchase would definitely be worth the coin. If you don’t mind a little firm draw.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“This cigar was ok to me. Not really mind-blowing, but I did enjoy it. It was kind of one-dimensional, but I would smoke it again, however, I would prefer it in a smaller format this cigar was easily a 52 ring gauge. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“Overall, this was an “okay” cigar. Nothing was really wrong, however, nothing was really great about it. A good daily smoke if you want something more on the medium side. Construction could use some improvement as the cigar was bunched a bit tight and the cap wouldn’t even stay on the cigar. Give it a try, it may be up your alley, however not mine.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“This cigar started off with some good potential, but unfortunately fell flat overall. When the best part of the experience is the burn, you can’t help but be disappointed. The only thing I could think of that may have played a role is the fact that the wrapper was a touch green still. That makes me think it really needed more time before they shipped it out. You win some you lose some. ” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 103

ReviewerAppear.Aroma1/32/33/3DrawBurnConstr.Overall
Experience
Alan 959292959592979595
Ryan H. 909087908787979592
Mickey T. 928587858585959585
John A. 858787878385938385
Doug S. 858587878595939383

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ATL Magic – Blind Cigar Review

ATL Magic
Summary
"Plenty of joy was had smoking this wonderful cigar. You can be assured that a box purchase would definitely be worth the coin. If you don't mind a little firm draw." -Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Appearance
90
Aroma
87
First Third
88
Second Third
88
Final Third
85
Draw
88
Burn
95
Construction
94
Overall Experience
86
89
Good